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georgia's president saakashvili admits defeat for his party in parliamentary elections despite reports of massive electoral fraud and ballot stuffing and it's favor. un members once again fail to find common ground on syria but the final day of the general assembly in march and massacres blaming rebel friendly countries for backing terror and sidelining peace. found on unrest unnoticed continues its crackdown on anti-government protesters with five medics jailed for taking part in an uprising which is largely ignored by the west.
hello and welcome to our two where we bring you the latest news twenty four hours a day seven days a week i'm karen tara well georgia is entering a new political era with president saakashvili admitting defeat for his ruling party in parliamentary elections the opposition bloc georgian dream will now form a new government effectively ending the current regimes decade long monopoly on power. has been following the vote and recount in the b.b.c. . statement is as sensational as the outcome of the voting may eventually become he already said despite the voting vote counting still continuing that he sparty admits defeat and now will work in opposition but despite that statement there are still growing concerns among the opposition members that the governing forces may still be stalling the outcome of this vote the vote count is going very slowly it's
less than three million votes to be counted but ever since the polling stations closed last night less than thirty percent of the votes have been counted so far and also the international ngo called international transparency in georgia reported a very serious violation and even received the footage of mosques to men entering a polling station in georgia taking everybody out from the polling stations and the that n.-g. o. claims that the result at this particular polling station was altered in the favor of the ruling party the u.n. am as it stands the opposition party is in the lead with a little more than fifty percent and the governing party the ruling party the unanimous trailing behind with closer to forty percent and as it stands if the such result comes that to be eventually in the end we are in for the first peaceful transition of power in georgia ever since the collapse of the u.s.s.r. the party which will have the majority in the parliament all the alliance of parties will then be able to appoint a prime minister who according to new amendments by the constitution will have the
same powers as president next year when socrates that down basically saakashvili and his party which proposed these amendments in a way dug their own hole because nobody expected last year when businessmen eventually form the georgia dream party that anybody could post competition to the ruling party to their rating was it around seventy percent certainly dented move from the opposition unprecedented rise but a large credit on that comes from the scandal which happened in september when the footage of prison abuse and sexual torture in georgian prisons was released causing massive outcry causing mass protests in the streets. of the georgian cities nevertheless the opposition seems to be winning this election and right now the people are celebrating as they were celebrating last night though given the record of violent protests in georgia nobody can still rule out if this result changes then the people may take to the streets and we still may see some bloodletting action in the streets of georgian cities for more on the significance of the
election results for the future of georgia let's talk to mark almond he is an oxford historian and visiting professor of international relations at kant university he's also a co-author of the book post communist georgia a short history thank you mark for joining our team now the vote results have already been dubbed as historic how exactly do you foresee it changing the country's politics. well it could be a dramatic change or it could be the herald of a period of infighting as your reporter just said if the. hugely that the georgian dream party has in the. results so far is not translated into a clear parliamentary majority then of course you could have protests on the streets for them but the georgian system has both proportional votes and also it has direct mandates first past the post seats now president saakashvili just before he admitted defeat said yesterday that he expected to win a majority of these seats and yet at the same time we would expect in any country
like britain or america that we have the same election system for all our seats a party that had fifty percent of the vote would probably win eighty or ninety percent of the seats so most even if you really ought to have a huge majority that's the danger for saakashvili because if there's a big enough majority perhaps to impeach him maybe he won't serve his term to october next year remember the change in point in this election was the allegations of brutality in prisons and torture and the allegation behind that was of course that saakashvili and his prime minister merabishvili had ordered this abuse so if you have a situation where the new parliamentary majority wants to investigate and use it could world produce a crisis full saakashvili of his close associates so they could not only have lost the election but they could face serious legal complications if the opposition which is now about to come to power seems chooses to follow up the torture and abuse scandal which was in many ways the basis of the huge swing to the now
georgia's constitution was changed to give hand the extra power to give extra power to the prime minister perhaps to allow current president saakashvili to stay in office after his term ends now that this plan has failed might we see any other changes in legislation to perhaps let him stay in power. well he probably won't have a door to change the. institutional changes what he will have of course his considerable power until next october and he may well try to shape the situation to both bring in a supporter to protect him in the future but also to try to split the georgian dream coalition remember it's a rather disparate group of people who have been primarily united by the whole stability to saakashvili even if you like their fear of soccer surely if it were yesterday it surely is. a today's stock issue is admission of defeat in a sense perhaps shows that he's a wounded animal but the work is to a fear that he would use the prerogatives of the president to try to spin your
position or to try to create perhaps a crisis that will restore his position remember his main campaign and so them constantly was that he was the first protected georgia from russia he was the person who protected georgia's independence mark very very they are i'm sorry to interrupt you but i do want to ask you what about georgia's relations now with other countries do you think we might see any major turnaround where you see mr even to really has said that he wants to have a softly softly approach to russia to as the most important neighbor to try to build bridges albeit that he had completely rejects the loss of saif the seizure of a policy of suckers for these charges that the opposition really of puppets of russia and i think we may see foreign policy come back in the new year as a big divisive issue an issue that saakashvili might try to play on in order to restore his standing and his support from the west which was of course huge in the run up to the election all right inside analysis from mark almond oxford historian and visiting professor of international relations that bill kent university in
turkey thank you mark thank you for. the syrian crisis dominated every day of the u.n. general assembly meeting in new york fiery speeches and discussions didn't bring the international community any closer to finding a solution when given the floor on the final day of the gathering syria's foreign minister made it clear that peace cannot be reached on several countries persistently arm and finance the opposition parties marina portal has details. well he. spoke at length about the ongoing eighteen month civil war taking place in his country he accused the u.s. france turkey saudi arabia and qatar of inducing and aiding terrorism in his country by those countries actually arming financing and supporting the opposition groups in syria he went on to say that the calls that western countries are making for president bashar al assad to step down is not only provoking more bloodshed in
his country but he says it's also a believe an interference into syria's domestic affairs he said success of any international effort in syria would require countries including turkey saudi arabia qatar and libya to stop arming funding and training the syrian opposition and to rather encourage dialogue we heard u.s. president barack obama first call for. president bashar al assad to step down and that his sentiments were echoed by britain and by france just as the u.s. he says stood by supported and helped liberate the people in libya he would like to see the same thing done in syria but on the other hand you have many other countries such as russia china brazil and so on and so forth saying that there can't be any outside intervention into what's taking place in syria this is a crisis that needs to be decided and it between the parties between the syrian
government and the opposition but as we've been reporting for the past week everybody's talking about the crisis in syria but not clear how to exactly solve it . as the west is firmly thanks john the syrian conflict tensions continue in bahrain which has been dubbed the forgotten prizing five medics have been jailed in the gulf kingdom for taking part in pro-democracy demonstrations they've also been convicted of a legal arms possession and incitement it's just a day after they and four other doctors lost their appeal for jail terms country's highest court the medics were part of a group which treated protesters injured during a state crackdown on anti-government demonstrations last february. from the country's largest opposition party says the courts have been larger than the rulers pockets. or the national but the national but the is talking about
as not just the whole process and look at it the and. just in the control all. the doors were told the torture that these men were not even attending to the situation for their cause and the court did know it can call up on them to be jailed for so let's see that ability and when it comes to the people or. people who will be in subjected to torture. or even killing the court just totally ignoring if there is a guilty. as you will find these are. just those for the syrian and they had to be imprisoned like maybe other jerk others even for just expressing their opinions this is the sort of should not that it. and in the u.s. court action over speaking out isn't so quick they soldier who is accused of
revealing u.s. diplomatic cables to wiki leaks is being denied the right choice with a trial his lawyer is demanding that all charges be trout saying the case is taking twice as long as it took to build the empire state building that and more coming up after a short break. in the march under guard these men and women a walking one of the longest and probably the loneliest road in the world they reenacting the march into exile made by thousands of czarist russia. if i was his three hundred years ago i may have disappeared my local lord i may have deserted from the army or a variety of other crimes the result was the same like my fellow prisoners around
me i've got a long and very cold walk ahead into exile in siberia yet it took them years to get their summers winters entire years a lot of people died on the way this group in the western siberian region of alms discovered the living on the only surviving stretch of the original nine thousand kilometers of the siberian exiles truck that had no modern changes made to it is going to discover that he's descended from some of these exiles and decided to build a museum telling their story he and his re-enact is now receiving to us from all over the world to show them what it was like for these bloody good earnest it's scary to put the shackles on of course but it's interesting if we don't remember our history we will have no future. it's a monument to one of the restructures cruelest chapters. the city serves as the capital of anticommunist white russian leader admiral culture in the civil war from thousand one. eighteen to nineteen nineteen lost and residents who live here the
study of the man like the maintenance of this building has remained to bu right up until the present day. we still receive hate mail saying that he hanged a lot of people and was famous for severe punishment it's all true but it was a time of civil war both sides with three sleek crew it is sadly the cruelty which links so much of our history to the rest of russia's particularly of exile with the . criminal. welcome back you're watching r t with me karen tara almost cheney has admitted the alliances withdrawal from afghanistan could be accelerated due to the taliban strategy of insider attacks it comes as the number of u.s.
soldiers killed during the invasion and eleven year occupation reached the two thousand mark according to the nato secretary general the so-called quote green on blue unquote attacks on western soldiers have undermined troop morale they've also affected nato afghan relations as the alliance prepares to hand security responsibilities to local forces middle east academic ad montgomery from the american university in washington believes nato afghan hostility upon itself. well first of all there are those issue of the difficulty of trying to impose order there or a certain kind of order by foreign powers on afghanistan but other parts of it has to do also with the policies which have been pursued by nato in afghanistan these policies are really transformed a question on the ground there a lot of greatly improved. the lives of bad people and they have not contributed to
building up afghan infrastructure as some had promised more importantly i think what we are seeing is that this is a spawns from the afghan population which to a certain extent is the reflected by the counter attacks from taliban and its allies that is a great deal of resentment against that tax by drones which have led to the deaths of many many innocent civilians and afghanistan even the afghan president himself. has called on nato to curb the separatists and stop them because they are ending up killing a lot of innocents and creating a great deal of and go to an unpatched going is empowered nato. discontent with the conflict is also brewing in the u.k. this hour we hear from a british m.p. who was banned from the house of commons for his fiery anti-war speech. the
war is being pro law and by those that have the. canada that brought their troops home two years ago so the netherlands for a new zealanders are coming out early absolutely no reason why you shouldn't bring our troops home you know the only reason is that we totally deal with the politics of the united states we don't need independent state we have to remind ourselves that we can take our own decisions and what we're going to see in the future is deepening trouble will be more slaughter because of this whole all of this fictitious fictitious aims of the war we've seen to collapse. alright it's time now for some international news and brief for you this hour six crew members have been arrested after a pleasure boat and a ferry collided off the coast of hong kong killing thirty seven people to be
incident occurred as a pleasure boat was carrying more than one hundred people to watch fireworks in the city's harbor the ferry was mostly undamaged but the boat sank with many people trapped inside. protests and strikes have rocked tunisia as hundreds hit the streets to blame the government failing to fix the faltering economy the birthplace of the arab spring has seen rallies against deteriorating living conditions and perceived government and collect protests have spread across the country after several regions have seen demonstrations in support of a number of activists group in our state. the british high court is due to announce its final decision on whether radical muslim cleric abu hamza and four other alleged terrorists will be. and it over to the u.s. the group had appealed an earlier verdict authorizing their extradition saying they'd face in a humane treatment abu hamza faces eleven charges in the u.s.
including claims he was planning a terror training camp there and that assisted hostage taking and we have been ruling will bring to an end. more than two years in jail and the trial has yet to happen the lawyer for the u.s. soldier bradley manning has again demanded that the charges against him be sure aunt manning is accused of treason after allegedly transferring top secret files to wiki leaks but it was a lower support movement is gaining momentum as artie's christine for explains. his name. has evolved into a movement a movement with a mission to truth as the points. maybe an idealist state. or a strange world fighting for those who attended the event hope to eventually see accused wiki leaks or bradley manning freed from prison he's already spent eight hundred sixty two days there much of it in solitary confinement and still has not
gone to trial we are here because the truth is on trial bradley is not a traitor. he's not a spot but a truth teller and it was simple former national security agency executive thomas drake is a whistleblower as well like manning charged by the government under the espionage act he revealed information to a reporter with the baltimore sun that the n.s.a. was spying on u.s. citizens he was later found innocent freedom is extraordinarily precious he was a featured speaker along with the government accountability project director jesselyn radack manning friend and co-founder of the bradley manning support network david house duty author and cyberforce and journalist chris hedges and others. no matter what anyone feels about it probably many everyone in america supports whistleblowing it supports transparency probably
many views an example of a young soldier was alleged to have blown the whistle so there are kids everywhere sure they have a good opinion of the young and the point of the event to raise awareness of course but also to raise money donations book sales someone even donated a bottle of wine in california a white called screw everything raised here will go to the bradley manning defense fund ever since nine eleven i've been concerned our civil liberties are in jeopardy and it's pretty obvious that. this is where i came from massachusetts to. here in support of several georgetown law students and professors attended the event many knew very little about manning beforehand i learned that way more than take more knowledge and i came here with it's very important for me to be here you see a lot of. the whistleblowers. to have at this question here i discussion about a young man his future and the future of a country's laws and legacy. in washington christine freeze out our team.
our time now for business news with dmitri and the markets and russia are following macro economic forecasts which don't seem too optimistic that's right carol we've been listening to that in uproots and talk at the business forum which is one of the business highlights of the day basically a second ago what's happening on the russian markets right now just to give you an understanding now the feeling is mixed actually flat to negative this hour and that's on the back of that basically capital alpha will continue from russia it was more than eighty billion dollars last year will be around eight sixty sixty five billion dollars this year according to the economics ministry and basically this is what it appears to have to say about. you know there are no easy ways to achieve growth anymore we need new alternative frameworks and any future growth
models will be based on boosting investment in production and their integration of existing facilities by twenty fifteen we expect investment volume to grow by water moreover russia remains open to foreign investment and also hopes this will bring iran be technology expertise needed. all right the best known is of course a very important as always states and by the russian president also it's all about gas problems relations with with the e.u. saying that the claim that. gas from these to separated strands port assets from its production and sales assets is not economically viable because otherwise the transport assets will die as they live on subsidies of other components of gas problem but meanwhile the european markets are positive as you can see there and on the currency markets the euro is gaining a lot around fifty points to the dollar and that's on the back of hopes for
additional stimulus to help spain for example which is expected to soon ask for a bailout and the russian ruble is losing value after gaining some on monday. all right now let's go back to the saga of. b.p. now it's fifty percent owned still by the british company b.p. and fifty percent by russian shareholders a group now the latter have hired rothschild group to. syndicate a loan to prepare a loan to buy over b.p.'s stake but rosneft is competing for that stake and analysts say rosneft will win. i don't really think. would be able to buy it because sure it's too large so the only real scenario i think right now it would be discussion how really rolls near to buy. from. from b.p.
so rosen if could become number one on the company in the world as a result of this deal potentially would be very creative for shareholders of rosneft i don't know i don't think so. and that's your business for them and i thank you dmitri in a few moments we speak to a british m.p. who was thrown out of parliament for voicing his opposition to the afghan war. in the middle of russia's no way from civilization or any three hour helicopter treat from the nearest village. they still one family have been living here for
a long time in tents made of reindeer skins. lodging runs in a signal and minutes they also grew up in the but left it at the age of six and never returned they now live in the city in apartment building but still remember their regions. want to know is a dancing teacher. was. to his dances he tells the stories about his motherland.
lives in europe to now has a one thousand strong reindeer heard when the enemy only saw the light can and marks around bruges gather the turns and move to another posture they travel hundreds of kilometers in winter women and children for them. the two families have less of a chance to come across each other they belong to different worlds even though there's sometimes a similar. a british member of parliament was recently thrown out of the house of commons after he accused ministers of lying over military policy in afghanistan paul flynn is with me now but before we talk to him let's just see
a clip of the video that got him barred from parliament the role of a bridge was the moment is to act. as human shields for ministers' reputation the danger to our soldiers is being pro wronged by those on that binge who have the power to stop it other countries over remove soldiers from this dangerous area where they're not doing all we're doing which is arming and training our future and to be isn't this very similar to the end of the first world war where if we say that politicians lawyers and soldiers died and the reality was as it is know that our brave soldier lives are being led by ministerial donkey's pull through and after that you were disciplined by the speaker and barred from parliament for five days presumably you knew that what happened that you thought it was worth it it's very worthwhile it's
a very rare event and the result has been that my words have been seen almost all over the world as prison extraordinary effect and i believe that this may well be a turning point in public opinion i believe eighty percent of public opinion would like to see the boys home by christmas and the government had in a sense they're ignoring that you've been a long standing critic of the war in afghanistan so what brought on this specific out there this one was about the the futility of the of the deaths in the last few days and the utter imbecile lying ministers who come before us and made excuses for continuing the war there's only one reason while the war is. and that is to protect the reputations of politicians soldiers of the as human shields for ministers reputations what they're trying.